Thompson’s Moving Pictures, Rockaway Beach

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“In 1913, [LaMarcus Adna] Thompson made a brief foray into the motion picture industry by acquiring the American rights to a screen that could be used in an ‘ordinary theatre either by day or night.’

An unsuccessful demonstration at Newark, New Jersey followed by an installation at Rockaway Beach, next to L.A. Thompson’s Scenic Railway” [more].
Theatre Talks [Cezar Del Valle] Received credit in the following textbook published in 2015. Provided Professor Freund with a copy of the above postcard.

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Wiley

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Happy and Prosperous 1914 from the Gem

Postally unused promotional postcard from the Gem Theatre, announcing its “annual calendar.”

 

New Berlin 1

 

New Berlin 2

 

Postcard part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Ornate movie palace opening September 24, 1926 with a Fanchon & Marco stage presentation, Lipshultz and His Syncopated Soloist, plus the feature film Young April.

The elaborate interior decorations, by Gustav F. Lijestrom, modeled after three of Imperial China’s most spectacular architectural achievements.

1940 Postcard with Strange Cargo on the marquee:

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Contemporary postcard of the interior (photo copyright Dick Busher):

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On back:
“Originally built in 1926, the 5th Avenue Theatre was one of Seattle’s leading movie theatres until the mid 1970s. In 1980, after an extensive $2.6 million renovation, The 5th Avenue emerged as Seattle’s newest performing arts facility, and is now home  to The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company.”

The 5th Avenue Theatre

360 Degree Tour

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Roxy, Northampton, Pennsylvania

Real photo postcard of the Roxy

img714_peFrom back of postcard:
“Opened August 31, 1933, featuring motion pictures and vaudeville, this Art Deco Theatre designed by prominent Philadelphia Theatre Architect David Supowitz, is an excellent example of the effort taken to bring the glamour and excitement of Hollywood to America’s small towns. Photo by Tim Burger.”

Roxy

Sleepless in Seattle

Gift to the Theatre Talks Collection from Ken Roe of the Cinema Theatre Association.

Postcards are part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.
At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Theatrical and Shopping District, Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk 1Clara Bow in Hula (1927) is at the NorVa Theatre

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Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story (1959) at the NorVa Theatre

The Loew’s State is now the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center.

Postcards are part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.
At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Postcard Empire Theatre, 137 Main Street, Lewiston, ME

Opened in November 1903 with Raymond Hitchcock in “The Yankee Consul.”

Demolished in 2005.

Empire theatre

We have an extra postcard of the Empire available on Etsy

Postcard part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.
At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by theTheatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015-2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Richmond, the Capital of the South

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The Mosque Auditorium

Excerpts From Back of Postcard:
“This beautiful 4,000 seat civic auditorium is the pride of the city.”
“The celebrated Wurlitzer Pipe Organ is a popular feature of the theatre.”

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The Byrd Theatre

Excerpts from Back of Postcard:
“This beautiful motion picture theatre recalls an Italian opera house in the elegant and flamboyant Rococo Style.”
“The theatre was declared an historic landmark by the Commonwealth of Virginia
and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.”

Altria Theatre (former Mosque Auditorium)

Byrd Theatre

Theatre Historical Society 2015 Conclave Tour, Richmond, Virginia June 23-27, 2015

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.
At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by theTheatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015-2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Greetings from Downtown Albuquerque

img645From back of postcard:
“Central Ave., looking west from Santa Fé. R. R. Viaduct, Albuquerque, N.Mex.”

In the background is the vertical for the Kimo Theatre

kimoFrom back of postcard:
“The colorful Kimo building in downtown Albuquerque, done inside and out in Indian motif,
is of interest to all new-comers.”

Card postmarked Nov. 23, 1954

Kimo Theatre

Across the Wide Missouri

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.
At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by theTheatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Greetings from Atlantic City, New Jersey

img642From back of postcard:
“Strolling on the famous Ten Mile Boardwalk. In the background is the entrance to Steel Pier which extends a half mile out to sea.”

img643From the back of the postcard:
“View of Center City Boardwalk. Visitors enjoy miles of this relaxing promenade, lined with colorful and attractive stores.”

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.
At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by theTheatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Verticals Along West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee

Postmarked March 24, 1948

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“From the Lincoln Memorial Bridge near the Lakefront, Wisconsin Avenue extends westward through downtown Milwaukee, over the massive viaduct and finally to the beautiful residential district, a distance of more than six miles.”

 

Postcard part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.
At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.